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Bomhoff pays a heavy price

He's going the distance - Part 2
By: Eric J. Gourley Journal Sports Writer
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Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on Greg Bomhoff’s quest to run for 24 hours straight and raise money for Franklin Elementary School’s physical education program. For Part 1, visit AuburnJournal.com.


Greg Bomhoff started increasing the frequency and intensity of his trail runs late last year, shortly after announcing the April date.
“It’s been six months of just pounding it out, waking up every morning at 4 sore,” he said.
Most of his weight training, biking and running is done before sons Gavin and 10-year-old Garret wake up. He’s scheduled vacation days at work just to get enough time for some of his longest training runs.
Bomhoff ran nearly 400 miles in February, averaging around 15 miles per day.
“The beginning of March I was paying the price for it a little bit,” said Bomhoff, who hopped on the bike more than usual as he battled foot soreness. “This is one event that I have to show up at the start line. Any other race you do you train through that stuff and hope it goes away and if it doesn’t, you drop out. You try to be in top form, and if things don’t work out you just don’t run it. This one, everyone’s going to be there, waiting for me to show up.”
He tapered his workouts last week. His 60-miler three weeks ago was his last big training run.
“I want to make sure I go into this thing fresh,” Bomhoff said.
One long race day
Bomhoff’s race will begin and end at 8:50 a.m. to allow live shots by television media outlets that go off air at 9.
Nearly 500 Franklin students will join him for the first lap around the track. His sons will run the second lap with him, but he’ll take the remainder of the 200,000-plus strides solo.
“You gotta respect the distance,” said Bomhoff, who won the Rio Del Lago 100-miler in 17 hours, 39 minutes in 100-degree heat. “You can’t go into it with a sprinter’s mentality where you’re all pumped up. You have to go into it really conservative and just pound out the miles.”
Bomhoff’s diet during the race will consist of easy-to-digest liquids and gels. He’ll pop salt supplement pills and monitor his weight on a trackside scale to maintain proper hydration.
Family members will take turns staying awake next to the track throughout the night.
“Those are the people who you want there,” Bomhoff said.
Through corporate sponsorship, donation pledges and community turnout, Bomhoff hopes to earn between $25,000 and $30,000 to save health and fitness programs — a goal that has ballooned from $5,000 in the beginning.
“This is more than a fundraiser,” Bomhoff said. “It’s a message to set big goals and through hard work and determination you can get there. This is something that’s not going to end on April 23. It’s going to be a constantly evolving thing. It doesn’t mean I’m going to run 24 hours every month, but we’ll spin it off into something else.”